Leggings are a wonderful addition to any wardrobe, no matter your age or body type! Wear them around the house or out on the town whatever the season – and the best thing is that you can get creative with colours and patterns. Here are some tips on how to sew leggings from Empisal, makers of the EMPISAL EES 50 SEWING MACHINE
- Material: Leggings need to be made of a stretchy material that quickly recovers and keeps its shape. You can choose the material thickness that suits you, but look for something with 5-10% lycra/spandex. This will make them easy to get on and off, keep their shape through the day, and make them easy to move in.
- Athletic wear: If you want to sew leggings for the gym, running or another sport, you need a material with negative ease like pure lycra or spandex – that is, it must stretch to fit onto your body. This means that stitching has to be very strong and able to stretch with the material, preferably in the same proportion. The stitch you will need is called flatlocking or flatseaming, for maximum strength.
- Over lockers: This piece of sewing equipment is a great addition if you love to make leggings. They will make it easy to sew the right seams for leggings, giving you the flattest, strongest result. They are great for sewing any knit fabrics!
- Topstitch your waistband: This is a great way of preventing the elastic from twisting or bunching inside the waistline. When doing this, you will need to stretch the fabric while you topstitch because the fabric will need to stretch and rebound with the elastic, otherwise you will end up with broken threads.
Speak to the specialists at Empisal for affordable sewing equipment and tips!
At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, over lockers, steam presses and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.
Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the EMPISAL EES 50 SEWING MACHINE you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.